North Lincolnshire Council is looking to start its biggest ever conversation with people by launching a Residents’ Panel.
Around 1,500 people will be recruited from across North Lincolnshire to join the consultative body of local people. Members will help identify priorities and shape future developments.
The panel members, who will be periodically refreshed, will be invited to take part in a rolling programme of research and consultation including regular surveys, focus groups and workshops.
A decision on the creation of the Resident’s Panel will be taken by Cllr Elaine Marper, North Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet member for Resident Engagement and Governance.
She said: “We are having more conversations and consulting with more people than ever before but we are not a council which intends to rest on its laurels, we want to build on the success we have already had.
“Everyone at North Lincolnshire Council continues to help businesses grow, to keep people safe and well and to enable communities to flourish – this latest conversation with the people of North Lincolnshire will help us get closer to our residents and embed the people at the heart of decision making, it will be an extension of democracy.”
Participants will be recruited through random sampling of the electoral roll and will be contacted in person, via letter and through digital access points to ensure the recruitment of socially excluded and hard to reach groups.
The panel is expected to be formed across the coming months and officially launched in the early part of 2020.